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Herbert E. Arntson papers

Identifier: Coll 064

Scope and Contents note

The collection consists largely of manuscripts of books and short stories, including his six published novels, his poetry and speeches. The collection also contains correspondence with publishers; tear sheets of stories and poems; miscellaneous book material, including reviews and royalty statements; biographical material; personal documents and teaching material from Washington State University. In the folder of biographical material is a certificate of recognition received in 1966 from the State of Washington signed by Governor Daniel J. Evans. There are also two reel-to-reel tapes of Dr. John Elwood of the WSU English faculty talking about two of Arntson's books, and reading from various chapters.

The collection contains a number of short stories and some novel length manuscripts. Several of the manuscripts have light to heavy holograph revisions. Some of the manuscripts are short scripts of dialogue.

The photographic materials in the collection include four documents advertising photography, two portraits believed to be of Arnston, and family snaphots.


  • Creation: 1934-1983


Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use note

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical/Historical note

Herbert Edward Arntson (April 8, 1911-1982) is known for writing juvenile historical fiction. He was born in Tacoma, Washington. Arntson attended the University of Puget Sound for both his undergraduate and Masters degrees in English, and he completed his doctoral work at the University of Washington. He taught English at the high school and college level, and was head of the creative writing program at Washington State University for 28 years. Many of his stories center in and around Oregon's Willamette Valley in the mid-1800's, reflecting an influence of his early family history.


14.75 linear feet (30 containers)

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Herbert Edward Arntson (1911-1982) was an author, English professor, and musician. The collection includes manuscripts of books and short stories, poems, speeches and correspondence, which reflect his work.

Arrangement note

Collection is organized into the following series: MiscellaneousCorrespondenceManuscripts, book length and short storyManuscripts, poetrySpeechesTear sheetsTear sheets, poetryBook materialWashington State University materialPhotographs

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Herbert Arntson in 1968.

Processing Information note

Collection processed by Francis Keating. Photographs processed by Megan Dazey.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA